Photos taken in Las Vegas from August 5th to 11th at Black Hat USA 2019 and DEF CON 27.

I did not take quite as many photos as in previous years, since schedules didn’t align well for portrait sessions, but I’m happy with the environmental shots that I did manage to capture!

Technical: Sony A7R II with a single lens, the Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm 1.4. While this is a currently-manufactured lens by Voigtlander for the Sony FE mount, with electronic contacts for EXIF data, it is a manual focus lens with an older optical design, providing a more “classic” rendering than modern lenses. I think of it as the newest “vintage” lens I shoot with.

Photos in and around Black Hat USA 2018, DEF CON 26, and the SecKC The World party.


Photos taken with the Sony A7RII with the Voigtlander VM-E close focus adapter, with the 7Artisans 35mm f2.0 (M Mount) and Voigtlander 12mm f5.6 (M39 Mount). The shot of Jeff Moss on-stage is taken with an Olympus 100mm f2.8 (OM Mount), but otherwise that lens did not see much use in Vegas this year. Indoor photos are taken at whatever ridiculously-high ISO is required to get a good exposure (thanks full-frame sensor!), with not a single apology to be found for grain.


I took a few snapshots of the conference, where I was presenting. My set is weighed heavily towards shots of my friends (the primary reason for bringing the camera to the event): Jek Hyde’s talk, and a environmental portrait shoot of Roxy after the con.

The official photographer is posting his albums, which are of much more general interest.


In the interests of shooting in low light, and traveling with as little gear as possible, these shots are all taken with the Sony A7R and the Mitakon 50mm f0.95. Due to the challenging lighting, the photos are almost exclusively shot wide open at or near f0.95.

Members of the MSU Fashion Board modeled clothing in the shop windows along Main Street.

Photos from the hack_state hackathon at Mississippi State University
September 23–24, 2017

House fire a street south of me.


Heard explosions, avoided the burning home until what sounded like ammunition, but turned out to be fireworks, stopped going off.

Quickly grabbed the Canon 70D and Tamron 150–600mm 5.6–6.3. I wanted to stay well out of the way, so a crop sensor and a long telephoto took me the rest of the way in. This was after 9PM, so ISO stayed at 6400 and above. Shot as wide open as this lens gets, mostly at the long end, with shutter speeds mostly between 1/100 and 1/200, trying to take advantage of image stabilization to get as much light as possible.

Not exactly low-light gear, but I got a few shots worth posting.

9/2/2017 Mississippi State vs. Charleston Southern


Shot on the Sony A7R with a MD mount Vivitar 28mm F2.0 (that’s as old as I am) just purchased off eBay. Figured it’d be a good day to practice composition at 28mm. Mostly shot at 1/640th, F11, ISO 400 to 800, so that a lot of shots could be pre-focused and shot from the hip.

Unplanned YOLO Photography with the A7R and Mitakon 50mm 0.95

Indivisible Golden Triangle MS held a “light vigil for the victims of violence and hatred in #Charlottesville” at Mississippi State University. I went to take photos.

Wesley McGrew


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